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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your query here... My son turned 15 in November. He is 5 2 and approx 95 lbs. I am 5 10 and my dad was 5 81/2 . I also was a late bloomer but remember growing from 5 2 to 5 7 between age 15 and 16. I m beginning to get a little concerned and don t want to wait until it s too late to address. He broke his wrist last year and the doctor said his bone age appeared to be similar to a 12 yr old. Growth plates had not started closing. He s beinning to get a bit dejected and cofidence is going down. He has always been a good baseball player, but is now falling behind the other kids. Is there a safe supplement on the market that will help promote or enhance his growth or do you have any suggestions?
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Doctor :   I need to tell you that as he is just 15 there is enough time to grow taller
Doctor :   not to worry at all
Doctor :   3 yrs more of time
Doctor :   growth ususally occurs in spurts
Doctor :   and this can occur in some at 15 or 16 or 17 or 18
Doctor :   Hope you have understood.
Doctor :   please do not panic.
Doctor :   I would suggest a series of steps to help him grow taller : User :   I understand that. I'm trying to see if there are supplements which can potentially promote or enhance his growth. I don't want to wait until he's 19 and 5'7" to find out that he could possibly have reached 5'10" if we had done something different.
Doctor :   1. Please ask him to do pull ups and cycling which is a natural growth booster
Doctor :   2. Multivitamin and iron supplements to boost growth
Doctor :   3. Threptin biscuits - protein supplement
Doctor :   4. Yoga - especually special asanas cause hormonal secretions for growth
User :   So you don't think there are any protein supplements, or something similar, that will provide any benefit.
Doctor :   Uusally whey proteins cause muscle build up which stops height increase
Doctor :   I would not encourage him for muscle build up as it stops growth and fuses epiphyseal plates and
Doctor :   5. encourage him with basket ball and volley ball
Doctor :   6. One mediicne which is given in stunted growth is direct GnRH Supplement under the care of an endocrinologist.
Doctor :   Do you have anything else to ask ?
User :   No thanks.
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor :   Take care, bye for now.
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